Monday, July 27, 2009

Monday Morning Flower Delivery Once More. This Time With Passion.

I found Passion the other night in a strange man's back yard garden.

Oh, yes, readers, I confess to you, I did.

It started off innocently enough. I was just there to see his tomatoes, but before you knew it.... One thing led to another and....

Well, it was that mysterious slice of time between evening and night and he just couldn't hold back any longer.

He took me far back into his garden and he revealed to me his Passion.

Flowers that is.

What were YOU thinking of?

I had never seen these before. Aren't they wonderful?

It was getting dark when HOB and I said goodbye. (Didn't I mention HOB was there?) So I had to take these pictures inside when I got home.

By the way, for those of you having lurid thoughts about these flowers, here's what our friends at Wikipedia say about the Passion Flower.

The "Passion" in "passion flower" does not refer to sex and love, however, but to the passion of Jesus Christ.

In the 15th and 16th centuries, Spanish Christian missionaries adopted the unique physical structures of this plant, particularly the numbers of its various flower parts, as symbols of the last days of Jesus Christ and especially the Crucifixion:

The pointed tips of the leaves were taken to represent the Holy Lance.
The tendrils represent the whips used in the Flagellation of Christ.
The ten petals and sepals represent the ten faithful apostles (less St. Peter the denier and Judas Iscariot the betrayer).
The flower's radial filaments, which can number more than a hundred and vary from flower to flower, represent the Crown of Thorns.
The chalice-shaped ovary with its receptacle represents a hammer or the Holy Grail
The 3 stigmata represent the 3 nails and the 5 anthers below them the 5 wounds (four by the nails and one by the lance).
The blue and white colors of many species' flowers represent Heaven and Purity.

These flowers came from the garden of our friends, J and D and when I said J was a strange man, I meant that in the nicest possible Betty-idolizing kind of way. He and D are some of the coolest people we know. We now walk by their house about twelve times a day, just hoping they'll invite us in once again.

Happy Mondays!

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